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 #136595  by TI4-1009
 Thu Feb 13, 2014 6:51 am
moonliner wrote:Who did that tail piece for you? I"m working on a project and could use some help in the tail piece area!
thanks
Leo at ScarletFireGuitars:

http://scarletfireguitars.org/
 #136723  by TI4-1009
 Sun Feb 16, 2014 9:09 pm
Neck is glued, holes drilled, body finish can start in a few days.\

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Heven Help the Fool... :shock:

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 #137200  by TI4-1009
 Sat Mar 01, 2014 6:06 pm
Actually starting to look like what I had in mind! Four coats of Wudtone Goldenrod on the maple, masking tape off, first coat of top coat with aging tint on the whole body. Purpleheart came alive! Three more coats...

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 #137493  by TI4-1009
 Wed Mar 12, 2014 5:54 am
Finishing complete, it changes depending upon light source, intensity, angle. I'm pretty dang happy with how it came out! After a few coats it seemed too "golden", I talked to Wudtone and added some of the neck amber tint to the body topcoat to "brown it down" a bit- that worked just as I had hoped. The quilt is like a kaleidoscope, every angle change reveals something different. I could spend hours... :-)

Have to let is cure for a week or so before I start adding the hardware, I can use that time soldering up the electronics set up in my jig.

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 #138109  by TI4-1009
 Sat Apr 05, 2014 1:48 pm
Strung it up today! Very resonant- just what I hoped for. Robert Rauch made the beautiful pickup plate and brass nut. On to soldering!

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 #138330  by TI4-1009
 Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:35 am
Finished up the electronics last night but it was too late to plug in and try it :shock: . Forgot the pull down resistor for the blaster so I'll have to stick that in tonight. Man, crowded in there with the buffer and blaster, but it fits! I went with the Emerson paper-in-oil caps for bridge and neck (Classic 57's) for the imaginary mojo, and used a .018uf in the neck so I can get the Clapton "woman tone" (yeah, right.... :lol: ). Next project is going to be another Precision kit, but a plain-jane SG Jr. rat rocker with one P90 and two knobs!

I am really enjoying playing this thing acoustic, words like "chimey", "resonant", "sustain", "definition" come to mind. Tone woods? Callaham ABR-1 bridge? Wudtone thin finish? Who knows. But it was what I was looking for. Hopefully some of that comes through electrically if and when it all works.

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 #138572  by TI4-1009
 Sun Apr 27, 2014 4:42 pm
Well, it's pretty much done. Special thanks to:

Precision Guitar Kits
Wudtone
Leo at SFG
Robert at Rusch Guitars
Clay at Archipelago Glass (cocobolo knobs)
Buffer from Waldo and Bootser from GGG
Chris for advice on the 6-way Freeway switch (works like a charm)
And last but not least Troy Post for the original concept.

I'm amazed at how nice the thing sounds, acoustic and electric. It rings and sustains like a grand piano. I opted for the slightly thicker neck that Precision offers and I'm finding it pretty neat- first "thicker than usual" neck on any of my guitars. I like having the buffer/blaster option. The Gibson '57 Classics in the neck and bridge are really clear and "articulate".

10.2 pounds- proudly solid body. :-)

I bought a set of Layfette knobs for the Wolf look, but I think I'm liking the cocobolo knobs better. Less Wolfie, but a nice compliment to the quilted maple and purpleheart. I'll keep the stickers on it for now, but might upgrade them to real inlay at some point.

I still can't belive how nice it came out- and how close to what I had in mind to start with.

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 #138576  by czyfingers
 Sun Apr 27, 2014 7:04 pm
That turned out beautiful man. I'm jealous....I want one. You have to get some sound clips up for us. Would love to hear how it sounds.